We take a look at green solutions that may indeed end up saving you money, so you can spend it on what really matters.
Solar panels are more affordable than they’ve ever been. The key is utilizing them to their fullest ability. A single solar panel doesn’t give a lot of energy. But if it’s hooked into a source of energy storage, suddenly it becomes exceptionally effective. All you really need is a good-sized car battery. If you can sequence several car batteries together, you can increase your storage capacity such that one panel may see to a single individual’s needs for a twenty-four hour period. If you can get a large enough energy storage station, relatively few panels could provide the electricity needs for an entire operational wing of a business. Solar energy isn’t the only way in which “green” technology is rapidly reshaping the architectural landscape; but it is one of the most easy to understand. Following, several additional ways of increasing sustainability while decreasing expenses will be explored. Clouds Of Green Have you looked into cloud computing technology? This is a great way to consolidate resources, save money, and decrease your carbon footprint. Fully transitioning to the cloud removes the need for an on-site server array. This reduces your energy costs, your maintenance costs, and your upgrade expenses. Any server will require an upgrade over time. According to Moore’s law, technology doubles at an exponential rate. While this may not be a continual, absolute rate of expansion, it is definitely something whose effect still forces businesses into a regular upgrade every several years or so. The cloud allows you to get around this. Cloud options also have backup and data recovery built-in, and allow for a warm reboot. This allows systems to regain their functionality after a crash in minutes rather than hours, curtailing unnecessary downtime and ensuring profitable operations.
The Cool Roof
A “cool” roof has several different meanings. Firstly, colors used are “cool” colors—that is to say: colors that have been specifically designed to reflect not only the sun’s heat, but hidden spectrums of light like ultraviolet radiation. Secondly, this reflective nature actually ends up keeping the rest of the building rather cool. According to Fidelity Steel, “In the Pacific Northwest, a cool colored roof limits the need to cool a prefab metal building during the day by 15-25%.” Imagine cutting the costs of air conditioning as much as 25%. If you were paying a hundred dollars a month for this, you’ve instantly saved $300 for the year. Larger operations stand to save much more in this way. But prefabricated steel buildings have an even greater advantage than the cool roof—especially those structures that are curved such that their appearance is that of a half-cylinder planted in the ground. Solar panels can be installed that follow the arc of the sun across the sky, maximizing energy input. By using solar panels and a “cool roof” technique, you can decrease costs involved in maintaining your building, cooling your building, and energizing your building. Additionally, this is all done in a green, sustainable way which doesn’t harm the environment or your bottom line.
A Cord of Three Strands
The cool roof technique combined with solar energy and the cloud will substantively reduce operational costs. An even more exciting advantage becomes visible when you realize that these innovative technological breakthroughs are available to individual citizens as well as big-ticket organizations—and the savings still remain.
Green Solutions That Are Financially Lucrative
The green transition is finally becoming financially lucrative, which is the most necessary component in substantively decreasing negative environmental impact across the globe. It’s getting to the point where avoiding the green transition will actually cost more money in the long run. Author Bio Kevin Bennett Title: SEO Marketeer Kevin is an SEO marketeer with OutreachMama and Youth Noise who designs value-rich content aimed at increasing clientele for expanding businesses. Networking, building partnerships, and providing quality products with shareable value make this possible. He’s an author (Amphibian and The Thief and the Sacrifice to his credit) whose professional writing follows business trends in technology, marketing, SEO application, and much more. Recommended Reading:
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